Today AMD have released their latest addition to the ultra-low power Z-Series line of APUs, intended for use in Tablet computers. The Z-Series was first introduced back in June of 2011 with the Z-01, and today we have the new Z-60 making it's debut, which we should see products based on it hitting the market to coincide with Microsoft's Windows 8 release at the end of October. Many of you may not have been aware of AMD's original tablet-intended Z-01 APU, but it is what was featured in the MSI WindPad W110. The Z-01 had a TDP of 5.9W, which isn't much given it is a dual core CPU, a GPU and the Northbridge. Not only does the new Z-60 packs in all of the same goodies of it's predecessor, but also includes a USB3.0 controller, and has even managed to drop it's TDP down to 4.5W.
New AMD Z-Series APU for Tablets Enables Immersive Experience for Upcoming Microsoft Windows® 8 Platforms
SUNNYVALE, Calif. —10/9/2012
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced its latest entry in the performance tablet and small form factor PC market with the AMD Z-60 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD Z-60 is AMD’s lowest power APU, delivering unprecedented performance and AMD AllDay™ power for tablet form factors as thin as 10mm. A compelling combination of features, stunning graphics, support for the latest Microsoft Windows® 8 applications and user interfaces, as well as compatibility with Windows® 7 and the full-suite of legacy Windows applications, makes the AMD Z-60 APU an ideal solution for a range of designs.
The first tablets based on the AMD Z-60 APU are expected to launch globally this year in conjunction with availability of Windows 8.
“Tablet users seeking an uncompromised experience for both creating and consuming content on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform now have a performance-driven, affordable option with the AMD Z-60 APU,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products, AMD. “We see a large gap between the lower performance and high-price competitive offerings that allow AMD to be in tablet designs that will please our customers and end users alike.”
The AMD Z-60 APU comes loaded with features designed to enhance the tablet experience, including AMD Start Now technology that allows fast boot and resume from sleep times1, up to eight hours of battery life while Web browsing, and up to six hours of HD video playback2. Just as impressive is the stunning visual quality delivered by the AMD Radeon™ graphics on the APU, with support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and impressive gaming performance with Microsoft Direct X®11 capability.
Tablets with AMD APUs can also leverage the AMD AppZone, a one-stop resource for accessing popular applications that can take advantage of the full compute capability of the processor.
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The AMD Z-60 APU is shipping today to customers that are expected to launch systems later this year.
- Find more information and video on the AMD Z-Series product page
- Read The Goldilocks Effect blog from Steve Belt
- See the Technically Beyond Explanation video
- Follow all news from AMD on Twitter @AMD_Unprocessed
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